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Even Amid War, Syria Continues to Promote Tourism

Excerpt from Motherboard, Vice

Sep 04, 2013 12:17 am

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This tone-deaf effort just shows how out of touch the Syrian government is – not only with its own people, but with reality.

— Eliza Ronalds-Hannon

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Colonnade Street, in Bosra, was one of Syria's tourist attractions in better times. jorisz / Flickr


The Assad regime, perhaps in a vain attempt to maintain some air of normalcy, has continued to direct government resources towards tourism outreach. As recently as August 25th, the ministry of tourism was announcing initiatives designed to “continue to build Syria as an international tourist destination all over the world.”

At the time of the now-infamous chemical attacks, Assad was personally issuing an amendment to encourage tourism and consumer protections.

There’s perhaps no better testament to the delusional nature of the Assad regime than its dedication to promoting its tourism sector in the face of all-out war. But promote it did.

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